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Entries from July 21st, 2017

Giannotti Positions For City Council Run, McCarthy Not Sure About Reelection

February 28th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former journalist Michael Giannotti volunteered for Mayor Joe Ganim’s 2015 comeback campaign, accepted a city position as public safety spokesperson at $63,500, then left abruptly after a few weeks as his relationship with Ganim unraveled. Now a Ganim critic, Giannotti says he’s pondering a run for City Council in the 130th District that includes Black […]

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State Grades Public Schools, Most Drop

February 28th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

From the CT Mirror: The zero-to-100 grade the state gives every public school and district each year declined for the vast majority of public schools and districts, according to data released by the State Department of Education Tuesday.

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GoFundMe Page To Bring Victim Home

February 28th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post: Nidia “Yubi” Gonzalez had come here from her native Guatemala to make a better life for herself and now her family is trying to raise money to bring her body home.

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The Trefz Touch: ‘Damn It, Ernie, You Can Have My (Bleeping) Tootsie Roll Too’

February 27th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

When it came to the art of negotiation, Bridgeport business leader Ernie Trefz was a marvel. Almost everything with Ernie who died Saturday morning was subject to give and take. (Trefz services here.) Former Bridgeport Economic Development Director Mike Freimuth, now executive director of the Capital Regional Development Authority, was sometimes on the other side […]

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MGM Resorts Executive: Stick A Third Casino In Bridgeport – Tribes Select East Windsor

February 27th, 2017 · 44 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Update here. As the battle wages for turf, money and legislative votes in the high stakes location for a third casino in Connecticut, David Collins of The Day shares that Uri Clinton, senior vice president at MGM Resorts International building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, rolls a compelling argument–trying to derail a competing northern Connecticut casino–that […]

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A ‘Horatio Alger’ Career–Business Titan Ernie Trefz

February 26th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Ernie Trefz, a Bridgeport business community titan for decades whose Downtown-based Trefz Corporation owned dozens of McDonalds franchises, commercial real estate and apartment buildings, passed away Saturday morning. He was a major benefactor of the University of Bridgeport including a business school named for him. He was 84.

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Education Advocates Debate Student Transportation Distance

February 26th, 2017 · 19 Comments · Education, News and Events

On Friday the community action group FaithActs for Education, citing safety concerns, protested a possible cut to busing services for elementary students who live between 1 and 1.5 miles from school that could save the financially strapped Bridgeport school district $1.3 million in transportation costs. School board member Maria Pereira asserts Governor Dan Malloy’s proposed budget […]

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Police Investigate Weekend Violence, Arrest Made

February 26th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Update here. From CT Post reporter Cedar Attanasio: A blood-soaked curb marked the spot on Berkshire Avenue where a man was fatally shot Friday night.

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